Turkey's mobile web connections much faster than those in US
by Anadolu Agency
SAN FRANCISCOJul 01, 2016 - 12:00 am GMT+3
by Anadolu Agency
Jul 01, 2016 12:00 am
Turkey has faster average mobile internet connections than the U.S., according to a new global report released Wednesday which found mobile connection speeds are increasing worldwide.
The average connection speed for the U.S. was 5.1 Megabytes per second (Mbps), the traditional unit for measuring connection speed. That speed was slower than the average connections in Turkey, Kenya and Paraguay. All of those nations pale in comparison to the U.K., which enjoys 27.9 Mbps connection speeds on average -- the highest according to software company Akamai.
The nation with the slowest mobile internet connections was Algeria, with 2.2 Mbps.
In general, most European countries, including Germany and Slovakia, had significantly faster mobile web connections than the U.S. Overall internet connection speeds are increasing steadily worldwide. During the first few months of 2016, the average connection speed for the world was 6.3 Mbps, a 23 percent increase from the same period of 2015. The State of the Internet Report showcased mobile and traditional wireless internet connections.
Online video streaming is likely a big reason why speeds are increasing. Global connection speeds are predicted to tick upward this summer because of the Rio Olympic Games, the company said. "Live sports will be at the forefront this summer as we prepare for the games in Brazil, with expectations that this year's events will be viewed by more online viewers than ever," report editor David Belson noted in a statement. "Global connection speeds have more than doubled since the summer of 2012, which can help support higher quality video streaming for bigger audiences across even more connected devices and platforms."
Akamai timed internet speeds by measuring the delivery time for content-ranging from traditional web pages, software updates and online video to users in specific countries.
Based in Massachusetts and California, Akamai is the largest content delivery network in the world.